4 - Water Crisis in India

Water is one of the most easily understood of all the ecosystems services nature provides for human kind. The fact that the management of catchments basins and the mountains that provides this resource is a crucial ecosystem services activity, is not so obvious. This article makes it very clear that the limiting effect of reduced ecosystem services that originates from the upper catchments is arriving now not in the future.

A point of view that I have been promoting for some time is that the protection of ecosystems services should receive higher priority when deciding on the allocating of land for conservation purposes. Pure biodiversity arguments will not hold water when the crisis arrives like it is now arriving in India.

A frightening picture of the future is sketched in this article.

For review of a South African illustration have a look at the previous blog about the Nzelele catchment basin in the Limpopo province.